Quebec’s Dubreuil secures national title in men’s 500m long track speed skating

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Laurent Dubreuil blazed his method to being national champion in the men’s 500-metre long track speed skating race on Thursday.

The Levis, Que., native, who holds the Canadian file in the occasion (33.77), crossed the end line with a time of 34.379 to seize gold. Cedrick Brunet (35.500) and Christopher Fiola (35.541) earned silver and bronze, respectively.

“Today’s race was distinctive,” Dubreuil mentioned. “I had a tough time believing my time once I crossed the end line. It was fairly presumably one of the best race of my profession, however I feel I’ve what it takes to do even higher. I’ve the legs to place forth some nice performances this season and I’m excited to see what’s subsequent.”

Dubreuil, 30, received silver in the 1000-metre on the Beijing Olympics in February, days after lacking the rostrum in the five hundred by 0.03 seconds.

He turned Canada’s first world champion in the five hundred since 2008 when he received gold in 2021.

Weidemann finishes on prime

In the ladies’s 3000-metre, Isabelle Weidemann claimed gold with a time of 4:00.206, ending forward of teammates Ivanie Blondin (4:06.133) of Ottawa and Valerie Maltais (4:07.369) of Saguenay, Que. The trio received gold collectively on the Beijing Games in the group pursuit.

Weidemann, who additionally received bronze in the 3000 and silver in the 5000 on the Olympics, was happy along with her efficiency.

“I’m actually pleased with my race right now. I wished to be aggressive and caught to that plan,” the Ottawa native mentioned. “I used to be fairly nervous going into the race, however comfortable that issues turned out nicely.”

Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary received the national title in the men’s 5000-metre, posting a time of 6:16.161. Jordan Belchos (6:23.778) and Graeme Fish (6:24.934) took silver and bronze, respectively.

Prince George, B.C., native Carolina Hiller earned her first national title with a victory in the ladies’s 500. Hiller crossed the road with a time of 38.420.

Calgary’s Brooklyn McDougall took silver (38.599), whereas Blondin grabbed bronze (38.953).

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